STATE OFFICE OF BROADBAND


New Mexico Broadband Program

To better coordinate broadband deployment efforts among different state entities, 2021 Legislation established the Office of Broadband Access and Expansion and Connect New Mexico Council. The Broadband Access and Expansion Act (Senate Bill 93) created the Office of Broadband Access and Expansion, administratively attached to DoIT for budget and expenditure oversight. The Connect New Mexico Fund created through the Connect New Mexico Act (House Bill 10) received appropriations totaling $100 million (Senate Bill 377).

Connect New Mexico Council

The members of the Connect New Mexico Council are:

  • Jeremy Lovato, Department of Transportation Designee
  • Juan Torres, Department of Economic Development Designee
  • Eli Guinnee, Department of Cultural Affairs Designee
  • Raja Sambandam, Department of Information Technology
  • Joseph Navarreté, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority Designee
  • Bogi Malecki, Department of Higher Education Designee
  • Ovidui Viorica, Public Schools Facilities Authority
  • Luis Reyes, Speaker of the House Appointee
  • Launa B. Waller, Minority House Floor Leader Appointee
  • Katherine Crociata, Senate President Pro Tempore Appointee
  • Steve L. Grey, Senate Minority Floor Leader Appointee
  • Jim R. Ruybal, Governor Appointee
  • Christopher Becenti, Navajo Nation
  • Godfrey Enjady, Apache Government
  • Kimball Sekaquaptewa, Pueblo Government

Statewide Projects

Mapping

  • Acquiring customer and service area data twice yearly from each of the broadband telecommunication providers in New Mexico. These data are used to produce a Web map of areas being serviced by broadband and by which technologies. This map is updated after each data cycle.
  • Collecting Community Anchor Institution data, including potential and existing broadband sites within New Mexico, to support CASA (Community Anchor Site Assessment).
  • Interactive NM Broadband Map

Planning

  • Creating a "New Mexico Broadband Adoption Model" that, coupled with the availability mapping, we use to engage other broadband funded projects and the broadband providers within New Mexico and to develop opportunities for integration and collaboration in the areas of construction, education, marketing, and socio-economic analysis, with an emphasis on enhancing adoption. This is accomplished through:
    • Use of the adoption model.
    • Deployment of online surveys to collect information about community anchor institutions.
    • Hosting seminars throughout the state.

Capacity Building

  • Forming a statewide Collaborative Committee, together with Working Groups that represent various "use sectors" (Business, Education, TeleHealth, Native Nations, etc.). These groups form a core component to a number of conferences and focus forums to identify gaps, clarify issues, and provide "action" items toward solutions (legislation, funding, construction, regulation, etc.). All of these efforts will be incorporated into the New Mexico Broadband Strategic Master Plan.
  • Creating a Municipal/Tribal Broadband Master Planning Guide to assist tribal and local governments in the planning and implementation of broadband within their communities.
  • Developing Crowd Sourcing technology to facilitate the update and maintenance of CASA, DLR (Digital Literacy Resource; see below), provider data, broadband availability, and other data needing periodic updates.

Other Assistance

  • Developing a Digital Literacy Resource (DLR) to marry the state's facilities, content, and instructors to support the public in identifying educational opportunities within their communities.
  • Conducting a Native Lands Data Acquisition Pilot with a selection of tribes to support telecommunication customer locales, enhance emergency service deployment, and provide education opportunities including Digital Literacy for Beginners and Businesses.